The First Finding of Basilosauridae (Mammalia: Cetacea) in the Upper Eocene of the Baltic States (Russia, Kaliningrad Region)

Abstract

Remains of a fossil cetacean, belonging to the family Basilosauridae, are for the first time found in the territory of the Baltic States. This finding is represented by a large vertebra and comes from the Late Eocene amber-bearing “Blue Ground” bed of the Sambia Peninsula in the Kaliningrad Region. The described fossil expands our knowledge on paleogeography and stratigraphic occurrence of Basilosauridae.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The authors are grateful to M.A. Popova (KRMHA) for providing fossil material from the museum.

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This work was carried out in the framework of the state assignment to the Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (project no. 0149-2019-0013) (main locality data), with partial support from Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project no. 19-04-00057 (description of the material on cetaceans)) and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and the Government of the Kaliningrad Region (project no. 19-45-390001 (stratigraphic data)), programs of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences “Evolution of the Organic World. The Role and Influence of Planetary Processes” (localities of basilosaurids).

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Mychko, E.V., Tarasenko, K.K. The First Finding of Basilosauridae (Mammalia: Cetacea) in the Upper Eocene of the Baltic States (Russia, Kaliningrad Region). Paleontol. J. 54, 311–318 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1134/S0031030120030119

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Keywords:

  • Cetacea
  • Archaeoceti
  • Basilosauridae
  • Paleogene
  • Eocene
  • Priabonian
  • Baltic States
  • Kaliningrad Region